Charlie was found guilty in July but was released on bail until today (September 15th, 2020) when he was sentenced.
On the day of his conviction in July, wife Natalie announced on Twitter that she would be ending their marriage. Despite this, Natalie has supported Charlie throughout the trial, recently describing the two-year sentence as “excessive”.
Charlie Elphicke is jailed for sexual assault
The 49-year-old, who was previously the MP for Dover, was convicted of groping both women. He was first convicted in 2007, and again nine years later in 2016, but wasn’t sentenced until September 2020.
Who is Charlie Elphicke’s wife?
Charlie Elphicke is married to wife Natalie Elphick, with whom he has two children and used to live with in London.
However, on the day of Charlie’s conviction for sexual assault in July 2020, Natalie announced on Twitter that their marriage was over and she would be divorcing her husband of 25 years.
At the trial at Southwark Crown Court, Natalie appeared holding her husband’s hand. However, an article from The Sun says that she had always planned to leave him as soon as the hearing was over, after she had read texts between him and his victim.
“Today’s verdict is one that brings profound sorrow. It ends my 25-year marriage to the only man I have ever loved. I would ask for some personal space and time to come to terms with the shocking events of the last 3 years. I will not be commenting further.”
Natalie offers her support
As reported by The Sun, Natalie offered a voice of support following the hearing. She said:
“I fully support Charlie in his appeal against both his convictions and today’s excessive sentence.
“The court seems to be on a bit of a mission, it entirely ignored the report of a highly experienced probation officer as well as sentencing guidelines.
“There is no doubt that Charlie behaved badly. However, everyone, Charlie included, has the right to a fair trial, and I don’t believe that he has had one.”
Who is Natalie Elphicke?
Natalie Elphicke, formerly Natalie Ross, is a Conservative party politician and finance lawyer. In the 2019 General Election, she succeeded her husband Charlie Elphicke as MP for Dover.
The 49-year-old grew up in social housing in Stevenage before studying Law at the University of Kent and then working in housing finance. In 2015, she received an OBE for her honours to housing.